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SML's Bariatric Friendly Holiday Menu for 2016
Take Back Thanksgiving.
This year lets make Thanksgiving about the day and the people and not buy in to believing that our worth is tied to a bowl of mashed potatoes. Think it through and try to recognize that there is no true comfort in really high carb high fat food. Thanksgiving is ONE MEAL and that meal does NOT have to have to be a belly buster or a free pass for pigging out. Eat within your means and you’ll have a great day.
Light the Candles!
Your meal can be Delicious. Wonderful. Sweet. Savory. Fresh. Flavorful. and Joyful… without taking you down a road you no longer travel.
Join us in choosing Thankful instead of Stuffed. Take pride in the parts of the meal that you don’t eat. Get out the nice dishes you never use, the silver serving spoons from your grandma, use pretty mismatched glasses, there are cloth napkins and tablecloths in the clearance sections of Pier 1 and TJMaxx. Gather up some candlesticks and buy unscented candles to light.
Life is short and age is a privilege guaranteed to no one. Set a lovely table for your holiday… even if it’s a table for one or two.
Let it Go
I don’t feel pressured to serve high fat, high carb, high calorie food because it’s ‘just one meal’ or because my father (with a triple bypass) loves something that is bad for him. In our BE Facebook Support Group, we have many Masters of Excuses. You have to make the Macaroni & Cheese because your niece asked for it, your mother loves Pecan Pie, you always use cream cheese in your mashed potatoes. That’s cool because you have to right to choose and you can choose to stay fat or be fat. Sorry, but that’s the truth. Change how you think. That you *must* make certain foods is in your head. I serve great food and no one ever asks about food that’s not there.
The BariatricEating 2015 Thanksgiving Menu
Make these incredible ‘bariatric friendly’ dishes for your Thanksgiving Day
- Apple Brie Bacon Bites – serve on a tray with bamboo toothpicks
- Spiced Toasted Pecans – serve in decorative bowl with napkins
- Shrimp Deviled Eggs – arrange on a ceramic plate or platter
- Seafood Cocktails – serve in martini or wine glasses or on small plates
- Roasted Winter Squash Soup – set up a crock pot soup station, for guests to serve in coffee or tea cups
- Breast Down Roast Turkey – there is no comparison, this method makes a super moist turkey
- Mushroom Gravy – use pan juices and a packet of Knorr Gravy Mix, a shot of sherry adds flavor
- Parmesan Creamed Spinach – my new favorite thing, your guests will lick their plates
- Caramel Pecan Sweet Potato Puree – Starbucks Sugar Free Caramel syrup is the secret
- Homemade Cranberry Sauce – 2 ingredients combine for sauce so good you’ll want to eat it year round
- Aunt Gail’s Sausage Apple Stuffing – so full of seasoned apples, sausage & vegetables there’s *almost* no room for bread
No Sugar Dessert Table
- Pumpkin Cheesecake – I’ve got this one down… the best cheesecake on the planet that happens to be sugar free
- Pumpkin Roll – the secret is a sponge layer rolled with creamy sugar free vanilla ricotta
- No Pie Pumpkin Pie Custard – smooth sugar free custard is chill because no one misses a soggy bottom crust
- Pumpkin Whip – a big bowl of no sugar, fluffy pumpkin whipped cream, no bake, no cook, EASY
- Mom’s Apple Pie – a high carb crust, but this ones a no added sugar show stopper for the whole family